LOTR Developer Gollum Answers Burning Questions About The Middle-earth Game
New details about the upcoming Gollum-focused Lord of the Rings game have come to light. in a FAQ posted on SteamDeveloper Daedalic answered some of the most frequently asked questions from fans, starting with the question of whether LOTR: Gollum is an official Lord of the Rings game.
It is, the developer confirmed, adding that “all elements” of the title have been approved by Middle-earth Enterprises, the company that licenses the series. Middle-earth Enterprises is also working with Electronic Arts on a new Lord of the Rings mobile game that was recently announced.
Story-wise, Gollum takes place parallel to the beginning of The Lord of the Rings, touching on events like Gollum’s time in Mordor, his capture by Sauron, and his interrogation by Gandalf. “During this time, although very little is known about Gollum’s adventures, there was enough to give us an excellent outline and time frame for the setting,” the studio said.
The developer also explained why he chose Gollum as the center of the story in the first place, saying that he is “one of the most fascinating characters” Tolkien created.
“A twisted Hobbit with split personalities, hundreds of years old and with a rich knowledge of Middle-earth. Despite his appearance, he’s also an agile creature who can climb, jump, and fight his way through dangers or into advantageous locations,” the study said. “This makes for an epic adventure through exciting never-before-seen parts of Middle-earth, and leads the player to interesting moral choices and varied gameplay, alternating platforming and stealth.”
As for why Gollum in the game doesn’t look like Gollum in Peter Jackson’s movies, the developer said that he wanted to create his own unique version of Gollum and Middle-earth in general. We also learn who voices Gollum in the game: Wayne Forester, who has done voice work for games like Elden Ring and Xenoblade Chronicles 2.
The game is gearing up for a release this fall and more details about the game will be coming “soon,” the studio said. Finally, Daedalic said that there will not be a collector’s edition, but will offer a deluxe digital edition, the content of which will be announced later. Minimum and recommended system requirements are also forthcoming.
Earlier this year, Nacon acquired Daedalic. As part of the announcement, Nacon teased that Daedalic’s Gollum game might just be the first project under the Lord of the Rings license.
“In 2019, Daedalic Entertainment first announced its collaboration with Middle-earth Enterprises, a division of The Saul Zaentz Company. The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is the first video game to be born from the partnership, with room for more new experiences. in the future,” Nacon said.
The rights to the video game The Lord of the Rings are already on sale, so in addition to Daedalic and EA, there could be other new games on the way, although this remains to be seen.
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